Daily Schedule

DATE: MAY 10, 2024
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Exhibits open 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Daily events are subject to change.

Friday, May 10, 2024
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Spring is an exciting time here. See if you can spot crocus and snowdrops springing from the soil. See our artisans making handcrafted items from iron, tin plate, clay, leather, and wood. Watch as food is being prepared by an open hearth with the remains of last year’s harvest, anxiously awaiting the new spring growth. Our farmers and gardeners are industriously preparing the soil for the planting season, and of course, our farm animals, including newborn lambs, always enjoy a visitor too. Enjoy your visit!

Daily Activities
10:00 a.m. A Guided Tour of the Salem Towne House:
Tour the home of a prosperous farmer with a costumed educator (meets in the hallway in the Salem Towne House, Building #15).

10:30 a.m. Carding Mill Demonstration
(at the Carding Mill, Building #39).

10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Musical Highlights, the Guitar:
Learn about the guitar in New England, and hear a sample of music performed on a 19th century style guitar (at the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

11:00 a.m. Tales From Long Ago:
Stories told in early New England (in the Gebhardt Barn, Building #13).

11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Musical Highlights, the Rocking Melodeon:
Listen to a selection of songs on one of the most unusual instruments of the 19th century. Learn about the people that would have played on this instrument, and how it works at the Bullard Tavern, Building #3.

12:00 p.m. Meet a 19th Century Schoolmistress:
Learn about school in the 1830s (in the District School, #31).

1:30 p.m. Nature Myths:
Fanciful tales about how things came to be (in the Salem Towne House Garden, #15).

2:30 p.m. Living By the Bell:
A character presentation about a former boardinghouse mistress recollections of the Lowell Factory Girls and the labor strikes of the 1830s (in the Salem Towne House Garden, #15).

2:30 p.m. Creative Arts: “Decorative Band Boxes”

Learn and see how these decorated storage containers were made at the Bullard Tavern, Building #3.

3:30 p.m. A Reading of Floral Poetry:
Poems about the language of Flowers
(in the Salem Towne House Garden, #15).

Households
Freeman Farm
(Building #34) Visit the Freeman Farmhouse to see preservation in action and learn about the different ways 19th century farming families successfully preserved and prepared their food in rural New England.

Bixby House (Building #36) The Bixbys, like many families, earned their income from several different sources. Visit to learn about straw braiding and other paid outwork done by the women in the family and see how their earnings improved the entire household.

Trades
Blacksmith Shop (Building #37) Our smiths are hard at work making tools for our new cabinetmaking shop as well as more typical items.

Cabinetmaking Shop
(Building #7) Period cabinetmakers made a wide variety of wares including tables, chairs, chests and other case furniture. Explore this trade shop, and learn more about the tools and techniques used by nineteenth century woodworkers.

Exhibitions
Needle and Thread: The Art and Skill of Clothing an Early 19th Century Family
 : highlights the responsibilities held by rural New England housewives in constructing new garments, patching, mending, and darning worn items, and repurposing old items into new wardrobes. The exhibit features over a dozen garments and accessories, along with other textile and clothing objects from the Old Sturbridge Village Museum Collection (in the Dennison Building, #27).

For the Purpose of Illumination: This new exhibit draws
upon OSV’s large collection of lighting devices and prompts us to examine the impact that artificial lighting had in the early 19th century and continues to have on our lives today  (in the Countryside Gallery, Building #38).

Dining & Shopping
Bullard Caf
é (Building #3) (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hungry? Stop by for lunch or a snack.


Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop (Building #18)
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Stop in to buy our famous chocolate chip cookies, Joe Frogger cookies, and treats. Shop for Village-made wares, historical children’s toys and gifts, too!


Ox & Yoke Café (Building #1)
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Featuring scrumptious sweet and savory baked goods prepared on-site, along with freshly ground coffee, beer and wine, cold and hot drinks, and more.


Ox & Yoke Mercantile (Building #1)
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Take home a traditional rural New England treasure or unique gift. Village-made crafts and kits, home décor, books, and more await!

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